a multi-disciplinary design and branding studio dedicated to enhancing the urban environment through the design of dynamic restaurants, entertainment venues, and other social spaces. Just like the firm’s name (the “y" is silent), we believe that every project is unique and possesses its own quirks that should be embraced to ensure that the personality of the concept, client, and space leaves a mark on the vibrant city experience.
Stephen Martyak [mär-tak] launched studioTYAK in Boston in the fall of 2012. Within a few short months the design studio made a statement with the opening of The Sinclair, an authentic rock club/restaurant hybrid in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, and Boston Chops, an urban steak bistro in Boston's South End. Stephen was named one of Boston's Hottest Up and Comers by Zagat Boston in their 2013 "30 Under 30" list. Other hits include Dram and Draught, a whiskey bar expanding throughout North Carolina, Fin Point and Tradesman at the Downtown Boston Hilton, and Loretta's Last Call, Boston's first country music bar, which was named one of the 21 Best Designed Restaurants in the Country in 2015.
This southern boy, music lover, and longtime foodie is foremost a designer, formally trained as an Architect, with experience in high-end commercial and residential architecture and interiors, as well as lighting, furniture, and graphic design. He gained his early experience at Flavin Architects, a boutique residential firm in Boston and has collaborated with designers from Paris, New York, and Vancouver. It was later that Stephen discovered his knack for restaurant design and deepened his understanding of the intimate relationship between design and construction while acting as the Director of Design for a Boston-based construction company.
Stephen holds a Bachelors Degree in Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College (Valedictorian) and a Professional Master of Architecture Degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Following a one year stint in Salt Lake City, Stephen relocated to Hoboken, NJ with his fiancé in the fall of 2019 providing the opportunity to expand studioTYAK's presence to New York City.